Doberman Pinscher Health Testing
Please keep in mind that both parents of the litter you are considering getting your puppy from should be health tested before any breeding takes place. A breeder should be happy to share the results of all of the health testing with you.
- The most important testing that needs to be done on Dobermans is the Cardio or heart testing.
- A Canine Cardio BNP is an indicator of issues with the heart.
- An Echocardiogram and a Holter should be done yearly.
- vonWillebrands (vWD) is a bleeding disorder, like Hemophilia. A dog may test clear, carrier or affected. One parent should be clear. The test for vWD only has to be done one time.
- A thyroid panel should be done on breeding dogs, not just a T4. Both parents should have normal thyroids. The thyroid panel should be done yearly.
- The OFA stands for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. To be OFA certified a dog must be over 2 years old. Most Dobermans are OFAed to rule out hip dysplasia. The OFA only has to be done one time.
- The CERF stands for Canine Eye Registration Foundation. This is to test for Progressive Retinol Atrophy, an inherited condition in Dobermans.
These are the basic tests that should be done. To see further information about the health testing of Doberman Pinschers, please go to the DPCA’s web-site; Doberman Pinscher Club of America